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A Delicate Balance

First Preview: Oct 15, 2014

Opening Date: Oct 15, 2014

Closing Date: Feb 22, 2015

Running Time: 02:55

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Playing @

John Golden Theatre

252 W 45th St New York, NY 10036

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In A Delicate Balance, Agnes (Glenn Close) and Tobias (John Lithgow), a long-married couple, must maintain their equilibrium as over the course of a weekend they welcome home their 36-year-old daughter (Martha Plimpton) after the collapse of her fourth marriage, and give shelter to their best friends (Bob Balaban and Clare Higgins), all the while tolerating Agnes' alcoholic sister Claire (Lindsay Duncan).

Widely considered to be Edward Albeeā€™s masterpiece, A Delicate Balance won the playwright his first of three Pulitzer Prizes for Drama when it opened on Broadway in 1966.

Age Guidance

Age Guidance: 16

Show Notes

Show Notes: 2 Intermissions.

Audience Advisory:

Adult themes & language

TDF Tickets Offers:

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Full-price tickets

$60 - $155



Quotation Mark

Lithgow is riveting every moment he’s on stage — which is a lot — even when Tobias is silent. As he takes the character from quiet restraint to explosive urgency, he doesn’t miss a beat and never for a second loses his equilibrium. His is a delicate — and distinctive — balance.

-----New York Daily News

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“A Delicate Balance” is no play for sissies. Edward Albee won the Pulitzer but unnerved audiences with his 1966 drawing-room drama about an upper-middle-class family of WASP's who are suddenly gripped by a mysterious existential malaise. All these years later, it’s still very disturbing to look this work in the eye.... 


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......It’s enough to be in the presence of these words again. That they indict even as they tickle makes their pleasure more satisfying. And make no mistake, Albee is indicting an American way of life that many in the audience probably enjoy. We are Agneses more than Tobiases, trying to maintain. “We’re not a communal nation, dear,” says Claire. “Giving, but not sharing, outgoing, but not friendly.”

-----Vulture, New York Magazine

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Wheelchair Info

Four ADA compliant viewing locations with companion seating. Transfer optional.


Orchestra on ground level. Lower lounge, front and rear mezzanine reached only by stairs.


There are no elevators or escalators at this theatre.


Valet parking lot: North side of street between Broadway & 8th Ave. Vans enter on 46th St. Valet parking garage: South side of 45th St.(east of Shubert Alley) between Broadway & 8th Ave. No vans.

Curb Ramps

(2.5" lip) SW corner of 45th St. & Broadway; NW corner 45th St. & Broadway.


Double doors in series: 1st set (each 28.5") has one pair of automatic doors from 45th St. to Ticket Lobby with push-button control, incline up to 2nd set (each 28", attended by ushers) to Orchestra.

Box Office

Ticket lobby. Counters 43". Accessible pass-through with writing shelf at 32". Assistance available.


Womens and Mens: Lower lounge. Down nineteen steps with continuous handrails. Wheelchair accessible restroom off premises. Assistance available.

Water Fountain

Lower lounge, in restrooms.


Lower lounge. Coin slot at 54". Cord 29". Volume control. TTY, shelf and electric outlet.

Assisted Listening System

Reservations are not necessary. Drivers license or ID with printed address required as a deposit. Please call: (212) 582-7678 to reserve in advance.

Folding Armrests

Nine row-end seats with folding armrests.

Directions Subway

1, 2, 3, 7, S, N, R, W, Q, A, C, E to 42nd St/Times Square.

Directions Bus

Take the M7, M20, or M104 bus.

Visual Assistance

Low vision seats available for purchase in person, online, or over the phone.

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Public Transportation

Subway Icon

By Subway:

1, 2, 3, 7, S, N, R, W, Q, A, C, E to 42nd St/Times Square.

Bus Icon

By Bus:

Take the M7, M20, or M104 bus.